Kings of Blues & Rock examines the
playing styles of eight of the greatest and most influential blues and rock
guitarists that have ever lived: Eric Clapton, Duane Allman, Jimmy Page,
Johnny Winter, T-Bone Walker, B. B. King, Albert King and Freddie King.
Kings of Blues & Rock is presented in eight Volumes, one volume for each
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This volume of video guitar lessons examines the playing style of Eric Clapton. Without Eric
Clapton, we may never have heard the sounds of blues/rock, hard rock, metal
and everything that came after it. Born in 1945, Eric was the prime mover in
British Blues boom, first appearing as a member of the Yardbirds and
releasing the essential proto-blues/rock recordings "I Ain't Got You" and
"Got to Hurry." His move to John Mayall's Bluesbreakers resulted in the
essential recording, Bluesbreakers: John Mayall with Eric Clapton, and
Eric's mercurial, mind-boggling soloing on tracks like "Steppin' Out,"
"Hideaway" and "Double Crossing Time" soon earned Eric the nickname "God."
One could easily count Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, and Peter Green
all as disciples of Eric's early work.
Eric is known for his incredibly deft phrasing and fluid vibrato, and,
though influenced by B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Otis Rush, has a distinct
quality all his own. His playing is very expressive and, at times,
vocal-like, but also erupts in blasts of pure virtuosity. A complete study
of Eric's playing is essential for any guitarist interested in playing
either blues or blues/rock.
Kings of Blues & Rock will impact your playing in two distinctly
different but equally important ways: first, you will learn how to play in
the style of Eric Clapton;
more importantly, you will be able to take this information and use it to
create your own style and sound in rock and blues guitar.
The playing styles of each artist is examined in a variety of musical
settings designed around the artists' signature style and performances. All
of the solo segments are played first at tempo, over practice rhythm tracks,
and then presented slowly with thorough explanations. Practice rhythm tracks
are provided so that you can practice the solo examples as presented and
work on creating your own solo variations and ideas. Also discussed is the
type of guitar and amp each artist favors, and the means by which they
achieve their distinct, signature sound.
Your Kings of Blues & Rock instructor,
Andy Aledort is
himself a "King" amongst players, editors and educators. Aledort has served
as senior editor for several top guitar magazines, has authored over 200
guitar instruction books and DVDs and tours with high-profile artists such
as Buddy Guy, Dickey Betts, and the Allman Brothers band.
Kings of Blues & Rock is optimized for intermediate to advanced
players and is presented as interactive video software on CD-ROM (Windows
and Mac compatible). The entire course features 160 full-length video
lessons (20 per artist) and includes text overviews, practice rhythm tracks,
standard notation and interactive Power Tab so that you can "hear" and "see"
the tab/notation played out at any speed, without effecting pitch.
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